Lauzerte in the Haute-Garonne department is an attractive bastide town perched on top of a hill, which was strategically important in the Hundred Years War as it dominated the route from Cahors to Moissac. The town doesn’t have the usual geometric plan of the typical bastide, due to the limited space on the top of the rocky spur, and the town is more like a Y shape, with the main square and church sitting cupped between the arms of the Y.

The town is today a stop for many pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostella, and a Pilgrim’s Garden has been set up to help other visitors to the town understand the nature of the pilgrimage, as well as learn about the local plants.

In the summer, there are guided nocturnal tours of the town, and the alleys, facades, courtyards and gardens are lit with candles. And why not? “Lauzerte” means “light”.

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